The Top 10 Best Soldering Irons For Your Home Projects
Soldering irons can be used for a variety of needs around the home and in your workshop, but with so many options out there, the search can be overwhelming.
Today we’d like to share the top 10 best soldering irons for your projects. But before we dive into the list, we’d first like to give a brief overview of what a soldering iron can be used for and the criteria we used to create our list.
Most people have had the chance to use a soldering iron before at some point in their life, most commonly in crafts and the like. What most people don’t know, is how handy the soldering iron can be as an addition to your toolkit. Another nice thing about shopping for a soldering iron, is they are very cheap compared to other tool purchases such as a sander or drill.
What is a soldering iron?
A soldering iron is a pen-shaped tool that has a metal tip which heats up to extreme temperatures up to 188 degrees C (370 degrees F), you can then use the heated tip to help join various metals together or other materials through the use of solder. The heat is used to melt the solder which is then used to connect, join, and repair the materials of your choice.
Soldering irons are generally heated with electricity and have a handle that is resistive to heat. You can think of a soldering iron as an adult glue gun.
While other tools in the typical toolbox might require hours of training, the soldering iron is very easy to use and understand. That being said, the heat from the iron can cause significant injury, so please use caution when using the soldering iron at all times.
You can use a soldering iron for, plumbing repairs, circuit board and connectors, arts and craft projects, car and engine repair, and wide range of other uses. It also can be used effectively on jewelry and various stocks of glass and metal.
Most soldering irons on the market today come with a temperature control which makes it easy to heat up to the proper temperature needed.
Simply put, the right soldering iron is the perfect tool for fixing things around the house and if you spend any amount of time in the workshop, you’ll most likely be able to find a use for one.
Now that you have a brief background of what a soldering iron does and what it can be used for, let’s take a look at some of the criteria we used to craft our top 10 best soldering irons for your projects.
The truth is, with something as simple as a soldering iron many of the products on the market appear to be the same. But in our experience, there are a few qualities that set the top performing soldering irons from the “should not have bought” list.
Quality – Because the materials needed to create a soldering iron is relatively low, many soldering iron products skimp on quality. Sure, the kit might cost you a few dollars, but will you be able to use it more than once? In our review we made sure that we included only soldering irons that had high praise for quality and reliability.
Tips – Virtually all soldering irons come with a variety of different sized tips so you can adjust based on your needs and the project at hand. The bigger tips are obviously more ideal for larger soldering needs, while the smaller tips are used for more intricate soldering work — such as a wire board for your computer. The best soldering iron kits we found include a wide variety of tips so you have plenty of options.
Temperature control – Another thing we looked for was how well the soldering iron was able to control temperature. Did it heat up quickly and safely? Is there the ability to know the temperature on the handle?
Soldering stand: While you can buy just the soldering iron for very cheap, it’s usually best to invest a few dollars to get a full kit instead (this includes tips, other accessories, and a soldering iron stand.) The soldering stand is especially useful to help hold your hot iron and keep everything in place throughout the life of your project.
The grip of the iron: To be honest, this is probably one of the most influential pieces of criteria we used when creating this list. Is the handle comfortable? Does is resist heat well? One of the worst things that can happen when using your soldering iron is burning yourself due to a poorly designed handle.
Portability: Last but not least, we also looked at portability. Sometimes you have to take your tools on the road. We looked at how easy it was to packup the soldering iron and its accessories (including the stand) and how easy it was to organize while at your station.
We hope this top 10 best soldering irons for your projects list helps you choose the right tool you need depending on your goals. We’ve included many different brands in our roundup, so you should have a wide range of soldering irons to chose from.
Again, please take extreme care when using a soldering iron and make sure you always pick it up from the right side — trust us on this one.
Let’s dig into our top 10 list.
This soldering iron from Weller is a top rated seller online and comes complete with everything you need all in one kit. At a price point of $39.70 you’ll definitely find soldering irons at a cheaper price, but the Weller WLC100 40Watt soldering station is worth every penny.
It comes with an on/off switch with a power indicator so there’s no mistaking if it’s heating up or not. It also has a wide range of power control that ranging from 5 to 40 watts. At an extremely light 1.9 lbs with a cushioned handle, you’ll be able to use the WLC100 for a long time without your hand cramping or growing tired.
While the tips used for the Weller WLC100, they do need to be replaced fairly regularly for best results.
The entire kit is perfect for the first time soldering iron user, and it doesn’t hurt it’s backed by one of the best in the business in Weller. This soldering iron fought hard for its #1 spot.
- Excellent all around kit perfect for nearly all soldering iron needs.
- Easy to grip and handle while staying a light weight.
- Backed by Weller a leading brand in the soldering iron space.
- Free shipping
- Can go through tips quickly if used on a regular basis.
- Can take a while to heat up.
The X-tronic Soldering Iron Station has long been delivering an exceptional value to those who give it a try, making it the perfect choice for our number #2 spot.
As with the Weller WLC100, the quality comes at a price as it retails for $49.80, but unlike the cheaper kits that can only be used a few times, you’ll be using this soldering iron station for many years to come.
Included in the X-tronic is a 75 Watt soldering iron with an ergonomic grip to ensure handling is both easy and comfortable. It also has an exceptional range of temperature options ranging between 392 F – 896 F. It also has a 10-minute sleep timer to ensure there are no accidents if left unattended.
As we mentioned in our criteria for what we looked for in the best soldering irons, we placed a high value on the additional accessories and the X-tronic is loaded in that department. Included in the kit is a stainless steel iron holder, solder roll holder, and a brass sponge tip cleaner with cleaning flux. The soldering iron station also includes a bright blue LED tube display for extra precision and accuracy in your projects.
- A complete kit with everything you need to solder a wide variety of items.
- A 1 year 100% fix it / repair guarantee including parts and labor.
- Comes with a wide variety of helpful accessories.
- The handle can be difficult to put on.
- A little on the pricey side, but together.
- A longer electrical cord would be preferred for more comfort.
The first of the list that comes without a fully developed soldering station, the Vastar Full set 60W 11v soldering iron kit still warrants a top #3 spot on the list.
What we like about the Vastar Full Set is is it’s simplicity, it comes with just enough for most soldering projects without being bogged down with endless accessories that will just collect dust. Not to mention, it has an extremely appearing price point of $17.99 which falls into most budgets. The kit includes 5 tips for full customization.
We also like the fact that Vastar has shown a continued desire to both innovate and listen to its customers. The newer model of the Vaster full set 60W 110v soldering iron was updated to reflect customer feedback regarding the handle. It now has much better heat dissipation in the handle which was an issue with prior models.
At 60 watts, it heats up fast and can reach temperatures between 200C -400C.
If you’re looking for a minimal soldering iron kit to add to your home, you’ll be very happy if you decide to pull the trigger.
- Simplistic soldering iron kit with everything you need to get started.
- Great price point.
- Vastar is known to listen to and implement customer feedback.
- Can struggle under heavy use.
- The soldering iron stand leaves a little bit to be desired.
- Temperatures control can sometimes be inconsistent.
The Beleef electric soldering iron kit, 60W 110V aims to impress right out of the box, or should we say case.
The complete kit ships with a fairly well designed and organized portable tool bag making it super easy to keep track of the entire kits belongings. At a price of $25.99 we felt this was a great way for Beleef to add value to its customers.
The kit can feel a little overwhelming with a number of accessories that it includes but comes in handy for any project thrown your way.
As with most soldering irons, the Beleef electric soldering iron comes with an adjustable temperature gauge that can reach temperatures between 200 and 450 degrees F. It also comes with a full stand that is surprisingly durable.
One blemish is that documentation is not always included which can cause some confusion to those new to the soldering iron world.
- Includes beautiful and well-designed case.
- Great overall price for the value.
- A ton of extra accessories for whenever you need them.
- A ton of extra accessories might leave a cluttered feel for some.
- Reports of missing documentation definitely hurt the brand.
- Can take a while to heat up.
Certainly, one of the more premium soldering stations to be included on our list, it might be hard to justify the $96.72 price point depending on your needs.
That being said, if you have the budget for it, the Hakko FX888D0-23BY comes ready to get to work. Its high quality is obvious from the get go and many users have reported being able to use the station for several years with virtually no issues.
It comes out of the box with a T18-D16 soldering tip which is perfect for most use cases and is pleasant to look at with a nice blue and yellow color scheme. Hakko is also known to provide exception customer service, so that’s definitely a plus that gives peace of mind. The included brass sponge also makes it easy to clean tips for further use.
Lastly, the soldering iron gets hot quickly so you won’t be pacing around waiting to get to work.
The only true disappointment is the price might keep some users from giving this high quality soldering iron a try.
- Super quick to heat up, with a temperature gauge for top of the line precision and accuracy.
- Some of the most high-quality tips on the market.
- Lightweight and beautifully designed.
- Excellent customer service, especially if ordered directly from Hakko.
- The two button interface is a bit clunky and ineffective.
- A fairly high price for most use cases.
- Some users experienced manufacturer defects though most were able to be resolved quickly.
The Zeny 2 in 1 comes loaded with a ton of features and accessories and the hot air gun is particularly useful. Because of the station’s versatility, it’s a perfect choice for both DIY enthusiasts and professionals needing the tools to match their skill.
At a $64.99 price point, it’s both affordable and value packed. We had to list what’s included just to show you the variety.
The complete package includes:
- 1x Hot Air Gun
- 1x Soldering Iron
- 1x 2 in 1 Soldering Station Unit.
- 1x Iron Stand
- 1x Gun Holder
- 1x IC Extractor
- 4x nozzles
- 5x Tips
- 1x English manual.
Both the hot air gun and iron have a temperature range between 100 – 480 C and both sync with a Dual LED digital display so you know exactly what temperature you’re working with.
It also has an added safety feature that will self-turn-off if left unattended for a significant period of time.
- Significant bang but your buck.
- The 2-1 bundle is a nice addition to most toolkits.
- Safety kill switch when unused for a lengthy period of time.
- The hot air gun has a tendency to overheat with significant use.
- Durability has been an issue for some users.
Coming in at #7 on our list is the Sywon 60W ESD soldering iron station kit. While at first glance it may appear basic compared to other options, don’t let it’s simplicity fool you. It definitely has everything you need to get the job done. At a price of $32.99 it’s both affordable and durable and also comes with 6 quality soldering iron tips that are both easy to switch and replace.
Additionally, The Sywon 60W ESD comes with adjustable temperature control, an ON/OFF switch, and heats up and cools down quickly.
The temperature range for the Sywon 60W ESd is 200C – 480C which is more than enough for most use cases. You can use it on computer pieces, headphones, and other electronics as well. The length of the power cord is also at a nice length so you have the freedom to move around while working.
- Perfect length cord so you can walk around while working.
- An attractive price point for the value.
- Quick to both heat up and cool down.
- No automatic temperature killswitch which would be a nice feature to have, but definitely not a deal breaker for most.
The Dremel 2001-01 Versa Tip Precision Butane Soldering Torch is the Swiss Army Knife of soldering irons with soldering being only a small piece of what it does. You can use the soldering torch for soldering, shrinking, cutting, heating, and wood burning all for the great valued price of $41.19
Out of all the options on our list, you’ll struggle to find as much value per dollar as you do with the Dreme 2001-01. Included with your purchase is a 14 piece kit giving you wide range of options for your next projects. Simply replace the tip depending on your needs.
The Dremel comes with variable temperature control and a flame lock-on for simplified operation and extended use and is well known for its durability.
While mostly used for creative projects, you’ll also be able to get some quality workshop work done with the Dremel 2001-01.
- Extremely versatile can do a lot of things decently.
- Strong durability.
- Jam packed with accessories for many uses.
- Some quality control issues have been reported.
- Flame can sometimes have issues lighting properly.
- While it can be used a variety of ways, it isn’t the best for any single use.
Closing out at #9 on the list, The Aoyue 469 Variable Power 60 Watt Soldering station can be had at two price points, the deluxe which carries a price of $54.06 and the standard package will run you $29.99. Both the deluxe and standard package come with a solid and dependable base to hold your soldering iron.
If you just need the basics the standard package covers most of the bases, but the deluxe package comes with several additional accessories and other useful items. For an additional twenty bucks, you do receive quite a few extra bonuses so it might be worth the upgrade for most situations.
The standard package: Iron stand, soldering iron with solder spool holder and sponge.
The deluxe package: 60 Watt Soldering Station, Solder Wire, Flux, Fast Chip Removal Alloy, Tip Cleaner, Desoldering Pump and Solder Wick
The Aoyue 469 variable power soldering iron gives you a temperature range of 200-480C which again should be able to meet the requirements for most soldering jobs. It’s also relatively quick to heat up and fairly accurate as well.
- Works as advertised and very reliable.
- The station can be replaced with the popular Hakko irons which makes finding replacement tips easy and painless.
- A solid price point for the value.
- Have to upgrade to the ‘deluxe’ package for accessories that many other alternatives include in their price.
- Best used for small and DIY projects rather than professional grade.
- A few minor design flaws.
To round down our Top 10 Best Soldering Irons For Your Projects list we leave you with the high quality and dependable Weller SP25NUS which will run you $13.07.
If you’re just needing a soldering iron and not looking for anything else, this is as good as they come. The LED soldering iron is 25 watts and can heat up to 750F. It also has a surprisingly comfortable grip that feels good in your hand without slipping.
Included in your purchase is the iron with MT1, a 3mmtip, iron stand, and easy to read user manual.
If you know what you need to get the job done this is a great soldering iron to add to your toolbox. Just don’t expect it perform miracles for the price.
- Basic and affordable. Enough to get the job done.
- Produced by Weller, one of the best in the business.
- You’ll need to buy extra tips quickly.
- Extremely affordable, but not the most durable of options.
The Best Soldering Irons For Your Projects
We hope this list gave you the information and knowledge you need to make the right purchasing decision for your soldering iron needs.
With thousands of things and projects, you can use a soldering iron for, taking a holistic approach to finding the right tool for you is very important.
You can check out more of our in-depth reviews on tools here.